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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Demonstrates benefits of cooperation, working as a team. Straightforward themes of courage, responsibility.
Positive Role Models
Mario and Luigi are good guys, questing to restore Princess Peach's voice. They cooperate with enemies -- including their nemesis, Bowser -- whenever they can and resort to fighting only when necessary. Princess Peach plays a typical damsel in distress waiting to be rescued by male heroes.
Ease of Play
Straightforward attacks with plenty of instructions are simple to understand but may take younger players time to master. Easy mode reduces difficulty so that even rookies can experience success without too much trouble.
Violence & Scariness
Mario, Luigi hop on and hit cartoonish nonhuman creatures with hammers. Defeated enemies disappear in a flash of light.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A female character's outfit reveals noticeable cleavage.
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Products & Purchases
Encourages use of Nintendo's amiibo figurines, sold separately, to unlock content. Latest title to feature Nintendo's popular brother duo.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is an updated version of the very first game in the Mario & Luigi series of role-playing games (RPGs), originally released for Game Boy Advance. Nintendo's iconic brothers demonstrate teamwork and a willingness to cooperate with rather than fight their enemies -- even longtime nemesis Bowser -- as they work to restore Princess Peach's stolen voice. When they encounter more aggressive enemies, they enter turn-based combat that involves stomping and smashing cartoonish creatures with large hammers, causing them to disappear in a flash of light. Combat requires some skill and practice to master, but an easy mode lets younger and inexperienced players jump in without too much trouble.
Is It Any Good?
Good games tend to stand the test of time, and this one is no different. With only minor graphical enhancements, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions isn't the prettiest game on Nintendo 3DS, but its action remains absolutely compelling. Longtime fans of the series might find some of the brothers' techniques a bit simple -- both visually and mechanically -- compared to what they've gotten up to in more recent games like Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, but both exploration and combat remain undeniably satisfying. And Fawful's bizarrely worded monologues remind us why he's one of the most laugh-out-loud funny characters ever to appear in any Mario game. The classic RPG elements -- including upgradeable gear and slowly growing attributes that increase the brothers' power and luck -- are just the sugar on top, sure to satiate just about anyone with a hankering for traditional RPG systems.
This modern classic would be worth playing -- again or for the first time -- all on its own. What makes this edition even more alluring, however, is the addition of what is essentially a second game that takes place alongside the original story but puts players in control of Captain Goomba and a variety of Bowser's multitudinous minions, each with their own strength and weakness. It lacks the depth of the main campaign, but introduces a fresh strategic element that revolves around choosing the right minions for the job -- something you'll be able to do in advance by taking into account which enemies lie in wait. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions might not be quite as exciting as a brand-new entry in the series, but as remakes go, it's one worth getting a little twitterpated over.
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